Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Melinda Hartwig - Chair

Second Advisor

Maria Gindhart

Third Advisor

Glenn Gunhouse


This thesis discusses a small, red granite, Egyptian royal portrait head in the collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. The head is determined to be a fragment from a group depicting the king in front of the monumental figure of a divine animal, probably a ram or baboon. Scholars have attributed the head to the reigns of various New Kingdom pharaohs, including Horemheb and Seti I, but on more careful examination its style demonstrates that it dates to the reign of Ramesses II (1304-1237 B.C.).